Six Receipts

Lohan Mug shots

 

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For good or for ill, a photograph captures an image of us at a specific moment in time, and holds us there. To revisit that moment, and much of the memory that accompanied it, we only have to look back at that photo and let our feelings bubble to the surface.

Some people get photographed more than others; My parent’s first grandchild was so accustomed to being photographed that all my mother had to do to make the 9 month-old mug and pose was to move her hands towards her face and say the baby’s name.

As we get older we develop a retinue of poses that we think we look good in and then begin to automatically “assume the position” whenever cameras are whipped out.  A simple perusing of your Facebook photos will alert you as to whether or not you know that crouching down, raising your chin, and tilting your head slightly will produce a more flattering image of your face.

For good or for ill, Lindsay Lohan has spent nearly every moment of her life being photographed by someone, for something.  Sometimes the person behind the lens is a celebrated shutterbug like Annie Leibowitz, and sometime’s it’s a nameless and faceless Desk Sergeant.

Each time she “assumes the position” a new portrait is made, capturing her at a moment in time and preserving it to be revisited later.

For all of the stunning photographs that have been taken of her, it’s her 6 mug shots that best capture the desperate hardening that takes place as a human life spirals out of control.

From the sympathy inducing disorientation of 2007 to the determined defiance of 2013, the face of the model seems to transform only in regards to the coldness that develops behind her eyes.

She knows she’s being photographed, and she knows how to pose, but she’s become unwilling to “give anything away”. Her’s is the kind of poker face you can only develop through experience, and it comes at an especially high price.

It’s easy to sit in judgement on those whose misfortune becomes public knowledge.  In those moments each of us gets to “take back a little” of the fame and glory that we festooned on them when we believed that they were every bit the fantasy that we wanted them to be.

We accepted that the images presented to us were reality and we consumed them as a passing fancy, for pleasure and entertainment.  Then we went back to our daily lives unconcerned or unaware with whether or not the transfer of glory has a price tag.

This is the point when “celebrities” have to walk to the metaphorical cash register and pay the bill.

While this might be the life chosen by an adult, child celebrities are usually asked to start putting into the kitty before they ever develop the character and emotional capital to finance the brutal Shankara endeavor to fortune and glory.

The toll taken on the life of a child star is something the overwhelming majority of us can never understand, but the purchasing orders and invoices that litter the internet look a lot more like mug shots than we want to admit don’t they?

This week saw the release of Lohan’s 6th mug shot  in 6 years, are the hardened eyes in those captured moments saying, “I’ll pose for you, but you can’t have any more of me”?

If they are then they probably shouldn’t be used as fodder for punchlines and headlines.

Those 6 mug shots are likely a receipt for the sale of a childhood and a name, it’s enough to make me think twice before making fun… let alone passing judgement.

The numbing powers of illicit substances, applied in the name of “having a good time” doesn’t really fool you does it?

This isn’t the story of a “good time girl” gone wrong because of too much fun.  This is a consequence of childhood exploitation and the brokenness that accompanies the consumption of humanity in the name of entertainment.

For good or for ill, a photograph captures an image of us at a specific moment in time, and holds us there. To revisit that moment, and much of the memory that accompanied it, we only have to look back at that photo and let our feelings bubble to the surface.

Looking at these photographic receipts shouldn’t be easy or fun, especially when you consider the memories that accompany them.

Imagine how hard it must be for the person paying the bill?

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”-Matthew 6:22-23

One Response to “Six Receipts”

  1. Bob Weaver March 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Just think, God loves her, and want her to be with Him: What can we do to show her the Love of Christ, Prayer and sharing His Love with her.

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